Hiring & Assessing Prospective Candidates
Component manufacturers who dedicate time and effort into developing a systematic, ongoing process for outreach and recruitment insist it’s more than worth the investment! While there isn’t one right way to find, assess, and grow new talent, consider the following as you hone your approach to workforce development.
Build Relationships with Schools
Collaboration with local schools is an effective workforce recruitment approach that can result in a healthy pipeline of eager applicants looking for career opportunities. If you haven’t already, consider designating a point person from your company to reach out to high schools, trade schools and technical colleges to build relationships with instructors and administrators. Offering to provide a classroom presentation or plant tour for students has proven to be a straightforward way to increase general awareness of the industry, expose students to the manufacturing process, and spark interest that can quickly translate into internships or seasonal help.
Read more about the variety of approaches CMs have taken to partner with local schools.
Get Involved with Local Events
Participation in career fairs and other workforce development events increases awareness of opportunities in the components industry as well as your company’s exposure as an employer in your community. Think outside the box as you consider underutilized or untapped groups of potential employees.
Learn more about the interesting places CMs are finding qualified candidates.
Develop an Internship Program
One of the most effective ways to determine if a potential employee is a good fit is to offer them an internship. Through an internship program, you can attract better, more loyal applicants who are looking for a career – not just a job – and instill your company’s values in them along the way.
Assess Potential Employees
CMs that have successful recruiting practices claim to spend as much time on hiring as they do on new hire orientation and training. Accurately assessing potential employees, both for their skills and their ability to fit into your existing work culture, is vitally important as it increases the odds of retaining new employees.
Read more about some of the HR tools CMs are using for general assessment.
- Post a Career Opportunity: SBCA members can manage postings for open positions. A complete listing of career opportunities is available on SBCA’s Best Way to Frame website, which strives to reach students, educators, and others in your community who may benefit from learning more about a future in the components industry.
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To help CMs assess technical staff, SBCA developed the Technical Assessment Test Online (TATO). These interactive 50-question tests measure candidates’ technical aptitude and skills required to succeed in truss and engineered wood products design.
- Workforce Development Boards: A Key Resource for CMs
- Listing of Industry Job Descriptions
- Listing of Federal and State Agency Resources for Employers
- Internship Program Guidelines
- SBCA’s Plant Tour Toolkit provides suggestions for planning successful tours to get a variety of people from your community into your plant to see the opportunities available.
- This editable document provides a template to communicate the opportunities and wages in your local market. It makes a great handout for job fairs or student presentations.
- SBCA’s LinkedIn page is providing general information to prospective candidates who may not otherwise learn about the SBC industry. You can create your own company page as well as following the SBCA page to help you make more connections and find interested prospects.
- Participate in an industry-specific Wage and Benefit Survey to stay up with current industry wages and benefits. SBCA CM members who participate in the survey receive the results at no charge.
CM Perspective on Plant Tours
"The value of plant tours is off the charts. It can't be undersold or overestimated. If the industry could get itself involved in schools that are open to bringing career opportunities, it would be absolutely amazing what the industry would see in terms of applicants."
- John Puckett, Instructor, Taller San Jose Hope Builders (read more)